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Williams Scholar Assembly

Named for longtime headmaster Jack Williams '38, the designation of Williams Scholar is one of Boys' Latin's highest academic honors. In order to be eligible, students must have a 3.95 weighted GPA and three concurrent honors courses. This year's Williams Scholar Assembly was a celebration of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity.

Mr. Hindes, who administers the Williams Scholars Program along with Ms. Flaherty, opened proceedings with a brief overview of the program and a statement of its criteria. “Being a Williams Scholar is a great honor,” he told parents, students and faculty in attendance, “We hope the stories you hear today will provide some extra motivation to strive for academic excellence, and we are excited to celebrate the achievements of our newest members.”

Senior Paul O’Connor, inducted into the program two years ago, spoke about a Columbia University pre-college course called “Graphic Novels: Comics as Art Form,” which he took virtually using his Williams Scholarship funding. “[The Program] was a chance for me to explore something new,” said Paul, “It could be even more for someone else.”
Upper School English teacher Alex Barron stepped to the podium next to deliver remarks about the challenges of studying literature as a graduate student at Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont.  “The best result of my experience was the confidence it helped me to build,” he reflected, “The validation I received at Bread Loaf helped me to feel I was a worthy student, and a worthy teacher.”

After the formal presentation of the scholarship to this year’s recipients, Mr. Post closed the ceremony with some reflections from his own academic career. Specifically, he recalled a difficult decision from his senior year: switching out of honors physics to pursue an art history class, a course generally thought to be less challenging. It turned out to be the right decision, as a young Mr. Post was captivated by art history and spent hours both inside and outside of class learning everything he could on the subject. He invoked the advice of several academic mentors: “Find out what you love and pursue it with full vigor, and let the rigor speak for itself.”

Mr. Post congratulated the new Williams Scholars inductees and offered a final word of encouragement.  “We’re eager as well to see where your curiosity will lead you,” he remarked, “Quite simply, there’s no limit to where you can go.”